WEEE update – take-back and the impact on local authority income

24 Jan 2020 |
Stephanie Simpson, Distributor Take-back Scheme Co-ordinator, Valpak

Defra’s announcement just before Christmas ended speculation on the future of the WEEE Distributor Take-back Scheme (DTS). For the moment, it’s business as usual, but the relative lull gives local authorities the space to reflect on future plans and the potential implications of the government decision to exclude large retailers from the scheme in 2021. 

Together we can tackle plastics waste

14 Jan 2020 |
Helen Bird, Strategic Engagement Manager, WRAP

The UK Plastics Pact is a trailblazing, collaborative initiative creating a circular economy for plastics in the UK.

The case for Bring Site Monitoring – Proactive, reactive or not at all?

14 Jan 2020 |
Ashley Wild, LARAC Health and Safety

From the state of the nation’s bring sites, it appears that the UK had a VERY merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! With alcohol sales up 150% over the festive period, it’s no surprise that an estimated 13,350 tonnes of glass is recycled during December and January.

Hard work ahead in 2020

14 Jan 2020 |
Lee Marshall, LARAC CEO

It’s a month since my last piece, which was written before the general election. The outcome of that was obviously determined by policy areas other than waste. But we do now know the direction of travel for waste policy in England.

Back in November, LARAC scholars and alumni were invited for an exclusive preview of the UK’s first compressor recycling facility at Environcom Ltd’s recycling plant in Grantham. As well as seeing the new machinery first-hand, the scholars were also given a full tour of both the recycling and reuse areas of the Environcom plant. This was followed by a roundtable discussion, exploring how Local Authorities can influence greater reuse of unwanted electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).